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have changed it to easy. but, you know, who knows? c-span: where's he from? >> guest: deep south--texas, louisiana. lived there his young life. then he moves to los angeles. the whole purpose of those books was to talk about the migration of blacks from the deep south into los angeles and, after world war ii, how that affected them and how that affected the world in general. c-span: did you know anybody or do you know anybody like easy rawlins? >> guest: not exactly, but my whole family--my whole family is that--my father's side, anyway. they all came from texas and louisiana. they came up--so there are little aspects of the various parts of the family about easy. but, you know, easy's a creation; he's a fictional creation. c-span: where did--where did you start out in life? >> guest: i was born in watts. my parents were hardworking. my father, african-american; my mother, jewish from new york. they were--you know, they had simple jobs. i had a simple education. and they--they slowly kind of climbed up into the middle class, and i became interested in reading books. c-span: how d
may happen better. there may be some change. it's a start. c-span: is there a thread that runs through most of the photographers you've known in the way of their personality their political interests on and on? >> guest: well, yes and no. there are photographers who are apolitical -- there're photographers who are quite political from a literal perspective or from a conservative perspective. there are some photographers who are very articulate -- some who are visually-oriented and perhaps aren't so verbal. but i think if you did have to pick a thread it would be this one that i mentioned. this belief that it's important to document the world -- particularly this aspect of the world. c-span: when you go out or when you have some free time to play with your camera, what do you shoot? first of all, what kind of a camera do you use? >> guest: i use olympus equipment. c-span: 35mm? >> guest: 35mm. c-span: if you've got free time to shoot whatever you can, what is your favorite subject? >> guest: always something with people in it. i've never been someone who's particularly interested in sor
jobs. he told me once he wrote his father, my grandfather, that he was changing jobs from one to another. and his grandfather-- his father, i mean-- who spent 50 years on the b&o railroad, was shocked, thought he had been fired, saw that you got a job and you stuck with it all of your life. but dad was exposed to a different life in washington, d.c. than washington, indiana, and saw there was room to move up the ladder and not stay in one place. >> when was the first time you ever left this town? >> the first time that he ever left this town? >> you. >> that i ever left this town? golly. i think i was-- yes, 14 years old, and went to work at a small hotel in kennebunkport, maine, back before the nation had heard of edmund musky and george bush. and i go back there every now and then, because it recalls a lot of pleasant childhood memories from the late 50's. >> why did you do that? >> well, it was a summer job during high school days, and i first got exposed to new england because my great uncle by marriage, calvin coolidge, from which the cal comes, was from that area, and my
mention of einstein for the new information. c-span: did you change the way you wrote this book based on your discoveries of writing the book about biographers? >> guest: well, another book of mine is called "murderers and other friendly people: the public and private worlds of interviewers." this again was to try to find out, you know, it's so important, the interviewer in a biography, getting information, to find out the secrets of people like truman capote and the man who wrote "roots" and how they go about it. so, one, it helped me in interviewing technique in a sense. but what i developed over the years in "einstein," was a tremendous admiration for him. i've never come across, in life or in any book, anyone who went out of his way to help strangers in distress. and there's a recent account of raoul wallenberg -- it was in the us news and world report. apparently, you know he rescued tens of thousands of hungarian jews from the nazis -- a swedish diplomat. apparently, he was working for the american intelligence and funded by the american intelligence to rescue these jews, and ei
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